Policy paper

Progress towards environmentally sustainable buildings: third Parliamentary report

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Report showing whether building regulations and related policies have improved environmental sustainability in the built environment.


Progress towards the sustainability of the building stock in England and Wales: third parliamentary report: Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004

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The Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 places a requirement on the Department for Communities and Local Government to publish biennial reports to Parliament to show how and whether building regulations and the Standards Division’s policies have led to improvements in environmental sustainability in the built environment.

This report covers progress made between 16 November 2008 and 15 November 2010. The Act specifies the areas that the report must cover and these include:

  • building regulations made over the period and their expected impact
  • any planned legislation, and proposals for the setting of targets in relation to sustainable buildings

The report must also cover changes in the:

  • energy and carbon efficiency of the building stock
  • extent to which buildings have their own facilities for generating energy
  • recycling and reuse of construction materials over the period
  • estimated number of dwellings in England and Wales at the end of the reporting period